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Student commits suicide following corporeal punishment

A seventh standard girl student committed suicide after suffering alleged corporael punishment by her teacher, reports Zorawar Singh Jamwal.
None | By Zorawar Singh Jamwal, Jammu
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2007 05:16 PM IST

It sounds shocking. A seventh standard girl student committed suicide after suffering alleged corporael punishment by her teacher during school hours on January 22.

The ironic case leads to Government Girls' Middle School, Gharota, where on January 22, a seventh standard girl student Makhani Devi daughter of Girdhari Lal and resident of Ranjan village, 15 kms from Jammu, consumed some poisonous substance after her school teacher beat her up-first during Assembly prayers and later in the classroom.

"The cause behind corporael punishment was that the deceased had tampered with her school test in which she had got less numbers," informed Ranju Devi-a class 10th student.

"After bearing the corporael punishment that included slapping and hitting her forehead on the wall of the classroom that too in front of her classmates, Makhani did not talk much to anyone. After school time, Makhani returned to her home and narrated the entire story to her aunt. She could not control her tears and complained that she will not go to the school as now she cannot face her classmates," informed a school student while speaking to Hindustan Times on condition of anonymity.

"After hearing from Makhani, we went to school and met the principal to check why such a big punishment was given. The principal of the school called the teacher who admitted that she had beaten Makhani because she had lied and tampered with the marks," narrated Savitiri Devi, aunt of the deceased.

"When we reached home, Makhani was vomiting and was immediately rushed to the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMC&H), Jammu where she breathed her last in the midnight", said Savitiri Devi.

"Makhani had obtained less marks in the Mathematics subject in the periodic school test and was directed by the teacher to get the same signed by her parents. Fearing the wrath of her parents, the poor girl increased the marks and returned the copy to the school next day," informed another student adding that "when the teacher detected that the marks have been tampered with, she informed to all the students of the school and later beat her in the class room for her fault."

When contacted Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP), Rural wing, Shakti Pathak said that "though a case of committing suicide by a girl student was in his notice he had no information about that part of the story. It's surprising."
ASP Shakti Pathak, however, informed that inquest proceedings under section 174 CrPc have already been initiated to ascertain the fact.

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